Medical College of Georgia Facts
The influence of the state of Georgia’s only public medical school spans from its founding in 1828 as one of the nation’s first medical schools to its current role optimizing health care in Georgia and beyond through education, discovery, and service.
The Medical College of Georgia, GRU’s founding school, offers clinical training at more than 135 sites across Georgia to ensure students experience the full spectrum of medicine, from tertiary/quaternary care hospitals to small-town solo practices. The educational experience is anchored by MCG’s main campus in Augusta as well as regional clinical campuses and a four-year campus in Athens in partnership with the University of Georgia. Research initiatives focus on illnesses that affect most Georgians and Americans, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. Clinical service also targets the diverse needs of the state and nation, from frontline wellness care to complex care for the sickest adults and children.
Academic departments: 22
Academic centers and institutes: 3
Medical students: 908
MD/PhD students: 23
Residents and fellows: 465 training in 42 programs
Postdoctoral fellows: 155
1,711 community clinical/adjunct
Endowed chairs: 44
$265 million FY 2014
Enhancing philanthropy is a priority for medical college leadership, including increased support for scholarship and other academic endeavors. The current endowment for the medical school at the Medical College of Georgia Foundation is approximately $101.4 million.
In 2013, the MCG Foundation received an unprecedented $66 million gift from noted vascular surgeon and MCG alum, the late Dr. J. Harold Harrison, for student scholarship as well as endowed chairs for faculty. The current MCG endowment in the foundation reflects a portion of that gift.
• 10,052 living, located alumni; 4,788 in Georgia
Extramural Grants and Contracts:
$79 million in total sponsored research awards in FY 2013, including $51 million in National Institutes of Health funding.
FY 2013 figures reflect a 4 percent increase in National Institutes of Health funding and a 14 percent increase in sponsored research awards from the previous fiscal year.
MCG ranks 66th in research grants from the National Institutes of Health among the nation’s 139 medical schools, up from 83rd in 2002. The school ranks seventh nationally and first in Georgia in American Heart Association funding.
Areas of research excellence and emphasis: Cardiovascular biology and disease, cancer, neurosciences and behavioral sciences, public and preventive health, regenerative and reparative medicine, personalized medicine and genomics/
Founded in 1828, MCG is the third-oldest medical school in the Southeast and the 13th-oldest in the nation.
With 230 students per class, MCG has the eighth largest freshman class in the nation; total enrollment is the 13th largest.
Currently about 95 percent of MCG’s students are Georgia residents representing widely diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and academic backgrounds. The state’s medical school is continuously enhancing efforts to ensure a class that is diverse by every definition and reflects the population of the state it serves.
More than half of MCG’s freshman students are involved in research.
MCG students volunteer extensively in the community and beyond, including staffing an after-hours health care clinic for Augusta’s homeless, hosting an annual bone marrow donor drive, teaching lifestyle education to adolescents and a variety of initiatives to motivate and prepare under-represented and disadvantaged youths for a career in medicine.
1 in 5 Georgia physicians went to medical school at MCG or completed their residency at MCG and the Georgia Regents Health System.
30-40 percent of MCG’s graduates practice primary care.
Nearly 25 percent of the physicians on the MCG faculty were recognized by their peers in 2013 as experts in patient care, including 14 among America’s Top Doctors® and 96 in Best Doctors®.
In 2006, MCG’s class size grew from 180 to 190 students, the first increase in 32 years. Opening of the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership in Athens, Ga., four years later enabled the addition of 40 students per class to the current class size of 230. A new educational home set to open this fall, the J. Harold Harrison MD Education Commons, will accommodate a class size of up to 300 students.
Strategic growth is enabled by clinical campuses for third- and fourth-year students across Georgia. The campuses accommodate residential students as well as numerous transitional students who come to the campus and region for individual rotations.
Clinical campuses and the current number of residential students include:
- The Southwest Campus based at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany with 20 students.
- Southeast Campus based at St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System in Savannah and Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick with 32 students.
- And the newest campus, the Northwest Campus, based in Rome, currently has seven students.
Georgia Regents University, home of the Medical College of Georgia, is one of four public comprehensive research institutions in the state of Georgia.
Founded in 1828, the university includes nine colleges with nearly 10,000 students, 1,000 full-time faculty members, 5,000 staff members, and 118 educational programs. In addition to housing the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school, GRU is home to the state’s only dental college, an aligned and integrated health system, a growing intercollegiate athletics program and the highly respected Hull College of Business, among other units.
GRU has a strong commitment to research, building on a proud tradition that boasts, among other achievements, the groundwork for such breakthroughs as fertility treatments and beta-blocking drugs for cardiac arrhythmias. The university fosters interdisciplinary research collaboration then uses extensive resources to link laboratory findings to bedside care and biomedical industry. The Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development cultivates promising research and transfers breakthroughs to the marketplace and patient bedside.
The GR Health System includes a 478-bed adult and 154-bed children’s hospital, which managed nearly 19,000 admissions in fiscal year 2013, 358,090 outpatient visits, and 89,196 emergency room visits. The Health System provided nearly $32 million in charity care during that period. The hospitals are the region’s Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma centers with service lines that include digestive health, neuroscience, cancer, cardiovascular disease and children’s care. Additionally the Health System is building strategic clinical alliances across Georgia, such as the recent affiliation with Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation and a long-standing relationship to manage health care for than 60 prison facilities for the Georgia Department of Corrections.
The university and its associated health system have a multibillion dollar economic impact with statewide, national and international reach.
GRU and MCG are based in Augusta, Ga., a beautiful city on the banks of the Savannah River, which offers an eclectic blend of big-city amenities with smaller-town ambiance. The Augusta area, which has a population of about a half million, is an established health care center in the Southeast, with facilities that include the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center. Augusta also is home to the internationally renowned Masters®Golf Tournament.
Dr. Peter F. Buckley, a psychiatrist whose expertise includes leadership development and planning, was named the 26th Dean of the Medical College of Georgia in 2011.
The Class of 2016:
The Class of 2017:
2,816 applicants for 230 positions/acceptance ratio 12.2 to 1
3.7 overall GPA
30.8 mean MCAT
102 Women/ 128 Men
4 students accepted into the MD/PhD program
First-time taker pass rate and mean scores for Step 1 and 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination are consistently above the national average.
In 2013, 186 MCG seniors obtained residency positions at 86 programs in 36 states. 38 percent pursued primary care (46 percent in internal medicine, 13 percent in family medicine, 41 percent in pediatrics). 23 percent stayed in Georgia; 12 percent at Georgia Regents Health System.
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